Taking the Reins: Alan Ptak

Taking the Reins: Alan Ptak

Alan Ptak

Position:

Senior business development manager of federal government consulting practice, Deloitte Consulting, Washington.

Age: 51

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Home now: Great Falls, Va.

Family: Wife, Tessa; two children, Emily and Charles

Most recently read book: "Patriot Games," by Tom Clancy

Favorites: Author: Tom Clancy

Music: "Being from Cleveland, I really like classical music and the Cleveland Orchestra. My favorite old-timer groups are Boston and the Cars."

Restaurant: L'Auberge Chez Francois.

Quote: "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." ? Nathan Hale. "That is my favorite quote. I know it may seem corny, but to me in embodies patriotism and everything all in one."

TV show: "Frasier"

Vacation spot:
Key West, Fla. "It was my first duty station, the first place my wife and I resided after we married. We love to go back for nostalgia's sake."

Best career advice ever received:
"When I was on my second tour of duty in the Navy, the captain called me in and said, what you really want to do with your shore duty is to go to Washington, because that is where the policies of the Navy are formed, there is the Capitol Hill and the executive branch. When I submitted my request for duty station, I requested and got the Pentagon. It was terrific, because from that time on my duty stations were in D.C. We've lived here for 21 years."

Education:

Bachelor of science in engineering with a minor in business administration, the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1971
Completed National Security Course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1989

Career Background:
Vice president of legislative affairs, Space and Strategic Missiles Sector, Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Md.

Deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW-MIAs, appointed by President George Bush.

Chief council and staff director for the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Senior foreign affairs and military adviser to Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.

Nine years of active duty in the Navy, concluding as a surface warfare officer with the rank of commander. Currently a commander in the Navy Reserve.

Regarding Deloitte's growing federal government practice, what do you see as your first order of business?

"To just get the word out that Deloitte is back in the federal marketplace. I am on the consulting side, as opposed to audit and tax side. [The audit and tax side] has actually been involved with some federal business, and the consulting had gotten out of the federal practice in mid-1980s. So we're trying to get the word out that we're back and ready to do business. What I am trying to do is go through all my contacts and let them know we're back ... and what services we can offer."

What is the biggest change for you in taking this new role?

"I had never really been in a job where you absolutely started from scratch. Even in the Pentagon, a lot of infrastructure was already there. This is like starting from ground zero, and that is fun for me. It's watching the business grow. ... What is really neat is the people coming on board are really excited, so it's great to see all this enthusiasm."

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